School board presses minister to end strife NEWS editionap.ca
Ontario (ETFO) announced this week that it is planning one-day rotating strikes in elementary schools across Ontario. It also stated that it would provide parents with
72 hours’ notice of any strike action. Elementary teachers at the Upper Can- ada District School Board were in a legal strike position December 13.
BROCKVILLE | Ontario Education Min- ister Laurel Broten must ensure that the ongoing labour strife ends before it causes any further problems for the school system, contends Upper Canada District School Board chair Greg Piet- ersma. As of December 10, teachers in the re- gion were to begin taking action to pro- test salary freezes contained in conten- tious legislation. In a statement issued last week, Piet- ersma said, “There will be labour disrup- tions and our schools will suffer. There are all kinds of labour disruptions, not just strikes and I suspect we’ll see most if not all of them if the current situation is allowed to continue. It’s time for the Min- ister of Education to take action. It’s time for her to issue a new press release that tells us what action she is going to take to end the labour disruptions.” He recalled that September 11, Broten had issued a press release stating: “The passage of the Putting Students First Act protects the gains made in education while ensuring that the next two school years will be free from labour disruptions.” At the samemeeting of the board, trust- ees also received an update on the status of contract negotiations with teachers. The board stipulates that Director of
Fourth term for Pietersma
BROCKVILLE | Veteran trustee Greg Piet- ersma has received a vote of confidence from his colleagues who have re-elected him for another term as chair of the Up- per Canada District School Board. Representing North and South Dundas on the board, Pietersma will serve a fourth consecutive term as the chairman after he was unopposed at the board’s annual organizational meeting. “There is much to be done, including holding the minis- The date for the Grenville-sur-la-Rouge by-election has been advanced by a week. While March 31 had been chosen for the date of the vote, since that day is also Easter Sunday, the vote will now be held March 24, explains chief administrator Carolyn Ayoub. The new mayor will be elected seven months before municipal elections will be held across the province of Québec. The by-election became necessary when John Saywell quit in September. The municipality has hired the firm of
try accountable for solving the current la- bour unrest, completing the accountability framework and moving to our 90% gradua- tion rate,” said Pietersma. The positions of first and second vice chair were also unopposed. Ward 5 (Augus- ta and Brockville) Trustee Jeff McMillan will continue to serve as the 1 st Vice Chair while Ward 8 (Cornwall) Trustee David McDonald will continue to serve as the 2 nd Vice Chair. Each will serve two-year terms.
Greg Pietersma Education David Thomas “has not cancelled extra-curricular and sports activities. Rath- er, the Ontario Secondary School Teach- ers’ Federation (OSSTF) announced that its members would not participate in extra- curricular and sports activities beginning Monday, December 10.” In light of the above, senior manage- ment at the board is working closely with its school principals to try to keep as many extra-curricular activities and sports activi- ties going despite the announcement by OSSTF. Numerous, qualified community volunteers are already involved in helping to keep those activities going. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of
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